Thursday, February 23, 2017

Recommended Reading- February 2017



Our Ashland MFA faculty were asked to recommend books for developing writers. We're including instructional guides, anthologies, and classics of the craft, all meant to be helpful tools for your writing. Listed below are this month’s recommendations.


Creative Nonfiction


Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction, by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola

Recommended by Robert Root

The first edition covers process and forms, offers strategies, and has a dandy anthology. It's a solid introductory book on nonfiction.


Poetry


The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, ed. by J.D. McClatchy

Recommended by Mark Neely

This work is a nice introduction to contemporary world poetry, featuring a broad range of poets from five continents.


Fiction


Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Recommended by Erika Krouse, E.J. Levy, and William Haywood Henderson

This work is a great study of consciousness as the source of character and engine of drama.



Self-Help: Stories by Lorrie Moore

Recommended by Erika Krouse, E.J. Levy, and William Haywood Henderson

This work demonstrates point-of-view wit and uses of the ordinary and the appropriation of pop-cultural forms.